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Vikash Sharma

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  • The academic records of students and others can be accessed online in a trusted and verifiable manner.

In a bid to ensure that the academic documents are recorded in a more secure and tamper proof manner, the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a solution using Block-Chain Technology, named “Academic {Block Chain} Documents”.

As per CBSE, the academic records of students and others can be accessed online in a trusted and verifiable manner.

“The CBSE Academic {BlockChain} Documents (ABCD) has been established using Block Chain technology to record the certificates in a linked chain structure. The result certificates are kept in a distributed manner at different locations involving multiple stakeholders, protecting it against any attempt of tampering,” CBSE said in a notification.

To begin with, the CBSE has already made available the digitally signed certificates of Class 10 and 12 for 2019-2021 academic session. The certificate of students of previous years will be digitised gradually in the coming months.

The Board has stated that upon issuance of new certificates, the digitally signed certificates will be sent to the BlockChain based system creating an additional secure link. This network is established with nodes at Bangalore, Pune and Jaipur. Presently, the Certificate Chain is managed by NIC at its data centres.

According to CBSE, verifying the authenticity of certificates produced by the candidates for admissions, jobs, loans etc has always remained an area of concern and challenging as well. A lot of organisations and institutions insist on production of the original certificates by candidates. The Academic {BlockChain} Documents (ABCD) addresses these challenges regarding verification of documents produced by candidates, the Board said.

“The Academic BlockChain Documents (ABCD) eliminates the dependency on a third party for verification as the data is linked and stored with cryptographic security so that it is immutable and traceable. The linking of the blocks in the block chain ensures that they cannot be tampered with and the data is trustable as it can be verified across the participating stakeholders,” CBSE notification read.

Earlier, the CBSE had developed its own digital academic repository called ‘Parinam Manjusha’ in 2016. This repository has been integrated with NEGD’s (National e-Governance Division) Digital Locker platform. At present result data of Class 10 & 12 examinees of eighteen (18) years i.e. 2004 to 2021 is available online for downloading of digital academic documents by students and verification by employers and higher education institutions. Approximately 12 crore digital real time generated, digitally signed and PKI based QR coded academic documents such as Marks Sheets, Migration Certificates and Pass Certificates are available in this repository.

“Digitization of legacy records of Class 10 & 12 from 1975 onwards is in progress and will be appended to the repository in a years’ time. The Academic BlockChain Document can be used by various educational institutes for verification at the time of admission for higher studies and companies for job offers. It can also be used for the online counselling by the institutes, by integrating their systems with plug-in interfaces,” the notification added.

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